Average Lifespans of Our…

Average Lifespans of Our Respective Genders: A Study

Some nights I hate biology. The beat
of his heart in an aging chest is steady still;
we have decades left, if all goes well.
Yet odds are, some sunrise I will meet

a day that does not hold his face,
a day preceding years without his hands
on me. I�m flying home. Criss-cross the land,
yet even in this high, removed space,

I close my eyes and he is here, the scent
of soap and sweat and man. Yet how long
will it remain, this scent, when he is gone?
I understand why grieving widows rent

their clothes, raked face with bloody nails,
and pierced the night with their abandoned wails.

March 24, 2013
somewhere over the mid-Atlantic

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